Doing the Dew, Part 1

When I ask brides to describe their ideal bridal look, the majority will include the phrase, ‘ dewy,’ preferably like J.Lo.  And why not? She’s known for her dewy skin, bronze glow and nude lips. Super sexy! She’s also known for the arsenal she travels with, her glam squad, to maintain that perfect J.Lo. glow.

Without a glam squad on hand, dewy can turn into shiny disco ball real quick, especially on your wedding day.  Be aware that you’ll be under lots of light, flash, possibly wearing heavier attire, maybe running around, perhaps anxious – all amounting to more shine on your face than usual. Bottom line, don’t over do the ‘dew,’ and be prepared to maintain it.

Generally, I either create an all over glow or strategically highlight areas.  I recommend the latter for bridal makeup.  But, if you have normal to drier skin, smooth in texture, you can opt for an all over glow.I don’t recommend this for ladies for oily, combination, acne prone or uneven skin.

Oxygenating facials the day before are great for a glow. Otherwise here are  my favorite products for an all over glow and a bronze glow:

All Over Glow: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

The flash balm  is  Clarin’s infamous, classic product. It literally puts the life back into tired, dehydrated skin-perfect for the bride that can’t sleep the night before . It is a balm, thicker than a moisturizer. This product moisturizers, tightens up your skin, primes and leaves you with a subtle glow. It’s a 3 in 1. I would recommend applying it under your makeup. Although some ladies apply it after to highlight certain areas, while others use it as a mask.

If you want a bronze glow, try this By Terry product. It was recommended by one of my makeup artist idols, Lisa Eldridge. This product feels light and gives you an all over, sun kissed glow without tanning. You can layer it so you can choose your depth of your color. It’s beautiful worn on it’s own or mixed with foundation. It’s not blotchy and easily washes off. Just remember to blend it into your neck as well.
What’s DHA? A simplified version- it’s a chemical that can be found in tanning products, which helps with the browning effect. Although safe for the skin, a side effect can be irritation and drying of the skin.  The By Terry, Soleil Terrybly Hydra-Bronzing Tinted Serum Sun Glow Activator & Extender is DHA free!
The key to using either of the two products on your wedding day, is using just a little and still finishing of your look with powder. The glow will seep through just enough. Alternatively, you can choose to strategically  highlight your  cheekbones, brow bones and cupid’s bow. You’ll still get a dewy look, created with the strategic placement of products. That’s Part 2!
The Bridal Beauty Blogger

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